May 25, 2020 Subject:
This is the last show of the last Winterland run. The previous night is best, but this show is known for an unusual NFA, the in-synch Heads, and guest John Cipollina. I'm thinking this is not the show with Oskar on harmonica. These were the Egypt slideshow shows. Two AUDs circulate. The next stop was Saturday Night Live, at the behest of Al Franken & Tom Davis, where Billy befriended Belushi (it's worth finding the Casey Jones, Miracle>Good Lovin' vid).
First Set. Band members trickle out to help El Din finish his final song, Ollin Arrageed. The audience clapping in perfect unison to the unusual meter was recalled years later and remarked upon fondly by several band members. How many audiences can clap anywhere near the beat? The official release not only edits the clapping, it edits the song into 11 segments (using SBD sections: 3:28>3:44, 5:29>5:46, 6:48>7:01, 8:13>8:27, 9:28>9:41, 9:57>10:11, 10:27>10:39, 11:25>11:36, 11:54>11:57, 12:59>13:08, 19:52>Deal). The set is then average '78 until a strong Friend of the Devil. Bobby was still a couple months away from making the geographic reference in Minglewood. Not everyone clicks at the same time in this set.
Second Set. Scarlet has some flubby sections and some vampy sections, but Fire is better, and the final jam is great. Bobby was still playing the Scarlet riff to finish. The night before has one of the single best versions of Samson and some of that fortuitousness bleeds forward into this one - the last jam is great (albeit with some shoes in dryer). This is only the third From the Heart of Me and it will soon get better. I Need a Miracle is already there, as of the previous night. Note the steel drums in Drums. Cipollina comes out for Not Fade. At about 17: 20, Jer is whipping off some flurries when Bobby adds the Mind Left Body chords until Jer picks it up. After a couple minutes Bobby steers it into a Mojo Workin' jam, and then Cipploina adds some (also see Space on the 18th). I don't hear a "Caution Jam", but Phil plays a couple similar bass sequences. Is this the longest NFA? The last several minutes are entertaining, but most of it is vamping and waiting for someone else to play. Must-hear-once. The Reinhart Hohlwein AUD was correctly used to patch Goin' Down the Road on the official release, as on the Miller SBD. Bobby twice tries to trainwreck Johnny B. Goode.
1st Set: C+ 2nd Set: C+
Overall = 3 stars
I Need a Miracle - aced as of this run
SOURCES: The miller_92567 is patched and loved. The matrix does not use the better AUD source (martin-bunton_102076). Road Trips v1 #4 has Deal, Peggy & Jack from the first set and Scar>Fire & NFA>GDtRFB from the second (and portions of the lead-in played with Hamza El Din).